Environmental Studies

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-2-2014

Abstract

This study draws upon the whole community approach to building local community resilience. A whole community approach ensures essential community services, such a food distribution, relies upon diverse funding, resources and/or information networks. A whole community approach also enables citizens and communities to take an active role in preparedness while living their life within social norms. Such a commitment to preparedness provides an intrinsic framework for communities to be prepared for an unexpected interruption in food supply. Identifying existing communities and systems, such as urban farming, gleaning operations, and organizations that deliver food to vulnerable populations -- all of which already provide key capital or service during, or immediately following a disaster -- leverages a potential solution in a crisis. Such organizations strengthen social infrastructure, networks, and assets thereby validating and further enabling local action. By doing so, the whole community approach offers ways to build more effective social paths to societal “preparedness” in terms of safety and resilience.

Required Publisher's Statement

Prepared for FEMA Region 10

Resilience Institute Working Paper 2014_1

www.wwu.edu/huxley/resilience

Sponsorship/Conference/Institution

Resilience Institute

Location

Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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